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COVID-19 Notwithstanding, I Got About In 2020 — As Attested By ‘Google Maps’.

by Anura Guruge


It is SCARY that Google keeps track of EVERYWHERE I go!

Well, this is there summary of my travels in 2020 — COVID-19 or NO COVID-19.

In the end I travelled as much as I normally would have — THOUGH I did not take any type of public transport, get ANY takeout or go to a restaurant as of March 2020. So, all of these trips were road trips — many of them documented here.

The COVID restrictions did NOT start applying to us till mid-March. By then we had already done two trips — one to Newport, Rhode Island & the other to Rockland, Maine.

Then right through the Summer it was Day Trips — though one involved a 9-hour drive.

Then as of late August we made the trip South — all the way to North Carolina.


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My Latest Walking Stick — An Antique Gaff From Maine — For My Late Night Walks.

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Since my knee surgery nearly a year ago I have become an expert on walking sticks — given that I now ALWAYS use one when I am out walking/hiking or running. Yes, I pick it up and hold it in my arms (as I would do a cricket bat) when I am running.

I have come to appreciate the benefits of using a walking stick — both in terms of reducing stress on my ‘damaged’ knee and giving me increased mobility. Prior to acquiring this stic, a week ago, in Rockland, Maine, I had seven, wooden walking sticks. I had three prior to my accident — which I had never used. The rest were post-surgery acquisitions. Initially I didn’t know what to look for and what I would enjoy using. Now I know.

It has to be light (given the 2-hours a day I spend with one). Heavy ones just detract and distract from the walking/hiking. I also insist on having a horizontal handle. That is how you transfer weight off your body onto the stick. That is what helps your knees. That transference of weight.

I saw this gaff at a consignment store. I knew, at once, what it was. I tried it out as a walking stick. I was amazed. Exactly the right height for I and the hook makes a nice handle — it is actually quite comfortable with gloves. It had a $22 sticker. There was NO WAY I was going to pay $22 for that — antique or no antique. I got it for $5. Yes, $5. A $17 a mark-down. SMILE. That was basically it. SMILE. Yes, the manager was a female and my wife accused me of ‘charming her’. What can I say. I smile.

I got the gaff for a specific purpose.

I walk late at night — whether I am at home or travelling. At home all I have to contend with is wildlife and not much of that around. Not so when I walk, 10:30 to 11:30 at night, in built up areas. You never know who you are going to meet. I don’t carry a gun. I am BRITISH. SMILE. Enough said. My nightstick — and that is very British.


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I Had No Idea That I Traveled This Much In 2019 Until ‘Google Maps’, Unsolicited, Sent Me This Timeline.

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As somebody who lives, openly, on the Web it really doesn’t bother me that much that Google is now keeping track of my travels.

Most of where I go, of import & interest, gets reported on this blog anyway. So, I kind of don’t care.

This, I know, will bother some — quite rightly. Scary what the police could do with it. Good job I have no secret travels and very few secrets, if any.

In a way I regret that ‘Google Maps‘ has not been around all my long (and semi-illustrious) life. Would be nice to have a log of all the places I have visited given that I used to travel EXTENSIVELY. The other day I TRIED to count the countries I have visited. I got to around 39. I might have been to a few more.

Oh, there are quite a few mistakes in the Timeline.

‘Google Maps’ lists Rockland, Maine, as a NEW place I visited. Oh, dear! First time I have been to Rockland with ‘Google Maps’. That is the problem with this stuff.

Anywho …


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‘Angela Waldron’ — An Award-Winning Writer & Photographer From Maine, Who Works At ‘The Farnsworth’ Museum.

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Click to read the original at ‘Find Maine Writers’.


A pretty impressive and distinctive résumé. A Maine lobsterman’s daughter at that — which resonated since this is also the case with my wife. From what I can deduce they are both from roughly the same area in Maine, albeit from different age demographics.

I came across her at ‘The Farnsworth Art Museum‘, in Rockland, Maine, where she is the Registrar. There is a book in their collection that I have been trying to get hold of for 16-years — though to be fair I gave up the first time after a few months. But, I have renewed my quest.

When I was at the museum recently (on our last trip to Maine) I made some inquiries as to who I should now be talking to about trying to get hold of this book. I was given Angela’s name and hre contact information.

As some of you know, I never contact anyone (or respond to anyone for that matter) before I Google them and try and get a read of who they might be. Amazes me the number of people who contact I, via e-mail, my blog or phone, who have no idea who I am and what I do. [When I used to teach, I Googled all the enrolled students prior to the first class. Weren’t they surprised! What used to crack me up was that none of them had Googled me — and many of them were trying to get Web-related degrees and jobs.]

I kind of figured that ‘the writer‘ and ‘the Registrar‘ had to be one and the same, given her degree in anthropology, her interests culture and her location (i.e., Downeast Maine).

I did get to talk to her and she was most helpful. Also extremely modest. She was very reticent to acknowledge that she was indeed the award-winning writer I had found on the Web.

Well, just thought that some of you too might enjoy getting to know her.

So, let me please introduce to you: ‘Angela Waldron, of Maine, writer, photographer, Registrar and one heck of a nice person‘. Oh, a lobersman’s daughter too.

(Our niece just got married to a active lobersman on Oct. 19 which is why we were in Rockland this time around. And while we were at the museum I met a curator who was a retired lobsterman. He knew my wife’s father. My wife and he had quite the chat.)


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I Walking On Water Per My Garmin GPS Track.

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Impressive, right? Pretty long walk too. 0.925 miles each way.

OK. OK. I will confess. I knew where the stones were. Well, actually the stones are pretty hard to miss.

I was walking to the rather famous, tourist magnet, ‘Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light‘ across the not-so-narrow breakwater. Not my first time. Done this quite a few times, albeit not in a few years.

The breakwater itself is 4,300’ (0.81 mile) long. It is built from huge slabs of granite hewed off the nearby island of Vinalhaven and transported to Rockland by ferry 1881 to about 1889. They used a total of 730,000 tons. In the 1880s it cost $750,000!

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‘6 images for the day’ — January 29, 2016 + 6 Bonus From ‘Rockland Cafe’, Rockland, Maine.

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Taken with my Sony RX100 Mk II.
Straight out of the camera.

Refer to this post for image resolution details.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Taken at ‘Halfmoon’, our lake in Alton, NH,
on Thursday, January 28, 2016.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.







Went to Rockland, Maine and thereabouts on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016
for a quick visit with some of Deanna’s relatives.








I am giving away the 3-month old Sony RX100 Mk II that I used to take these pictures.

The 6 pictures at top were taken with the Sony on
Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

It is in PERFECT condition, not a mark on the body. It takes great pictures.

I just need to standardize on Fuji. Hard to explain. Kind of a religious thing. SMILE.

Check prices on Amazon, eBay or anywhere else.
You will NOT find it cheaper!

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Handmade, Welded Metal 18″ Lobster Wall Hanging From Maine.

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We bought one of these handmade lobsters when we went to Rockland, Maine on Sunday. Actually buying this lobster was one of the reasons for that quick, day visit. They are made by Deanna’s great-nephew, who is a professional welder. He makes them to order. Each one, as such, is slightly different. It is cute. Deanna, a lobsterman’s daughter, likes to have lobster memorabilia around.

IF you would like one too we can order it for you. $300 + shipping (at cost). You can pay by PayPal or by check. Just e-mail me (my e-mail is on the sidebar).


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Epson’s New High Ink Capacity ‘EcoTank’ Printers Look A Good Deal — IF You Do A Lot Of Printing.

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Though we don’t have one in the house right now, I am quite partial to Epson printers. In 2008, for about 5 months, I was a ‘weekend warrior‘ for Epson, promoting their printers at Best Buy, Concord. It was a blast. One of the best jobs I have had in terms of its enjoyment-quotient — and that was because the printers, in terms of function/price, was so easy to sell. More than once I was able to sell every single Epson printer we had in the store during a 6-hours shift.

I happened to hear about this ‘EcoTank‘ printers on a Tech Talk Show driving back from Rockland, Maine on Sunday night. The notion of refillable ink tanks appeals to me. So on Monday I checked them out on Amazon. They are NOT cheap, the ET-2550 priced at $393. But I am sure the goal is that you will pay for the printer, say over 4 years, in terms of cheaper ink. We don’t do enough printing to justify one of these printers. But I thought I should bring them to your attention.


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Taking Selfies My Way — Part VI.

by Anura Guruge


This was taken at the ‘Rockland Cafe‘, Rockland, Maine,
yesterday, Sunday, January 17, 2016

during a quick, 1-day trip to Rockland and surrounds
to visit Deanna’s relatives.

Again taken with my Sony RX100 Mk II.
Easier for taking selfies than my
main Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

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>> Taking Selfies My Way — Part II.
>> Taking Selfies My Way — Part III.
>> Taking Selfies My Way — Part IV.
>> Taking Selfies My Way — Part V.

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‘6 images for the day’ — January 18, 2016 + 6 Bonus From Philadelphia.

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Taken with my Sony RX100 Mk II
(for a change from my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000).
Straight out of the camera.

Refer to this post for image resolution details.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Went to Rockland, Maine and thereabouts on Sunday, Jan. 17
for a quick visit with some of Deanna’s relatives.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.







We went to New York City & Philadelphia for a week
December 28, 2015 to January 3, 2016.
Appears I took 2,618 pictures with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
not counting those that I took with the Sony RX100 MkII and 
the thousand or so taken by Deanna and Devanee with their cameras.

Over the next few weeks I will share some of these images with you.






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